County executive for Agriculture, Pastoral Economy and Fisheries Philip Aemun has said that a collaboration between the County Government and partners on electronic livestock diseases reporting would support early detection and timely response on outbreaks thus cushioning pastrolist from adverse socio-economic risk posed by the diseases.
Noting of human resource challenges to track diseases due to vastness of the region ,CEC Aemun said that the concept of innovative approach to conventional animal diseases surveillance was conceived, initiated and set up by the Government in collaboration with Accelerated Value Chain Development for Livestock(AVCD) implemented by International Livestock Research Institute and thereafter by GFA-GIZ.
Speaking today during the launch of a Ksh.10 million backup server for the e-surveillance system and donation of 15 smart phones to Community Disease Reporters said that the technology based diseases reporting would aid risk informed and evidence based decision making on conducting active surveillance. GIZ has additionally donated seven laptops for veterinary staff.
GFA will provide 63,000 kenya shillings worth airtime for Community Disease Reporters(CDRs) who were recently trained on e-surveillance reporting.
While noting of the need to strengthen grassroots structures for disease reporting, the County executive revealed that the veterinary directorate was gearing up to recruit an additional 300 community disease reporters with focus on kraals members .
The e-surveillance system for livestock diseases reporting is a mobile phone based syndromic surveillance system that is being used by the County veterinary directorate to collect and process data from ; Livestock diseases at the community level,meat inspection records as well as types and volume of drugs sold at agro veterinary shops.
County Chief Officer for Fisheries and Veterinary services Abdullahi Yussuf thanked the organisation for support and the beneficiaries to utilize the gadgets well for effective reporting.
GFA/GIZ Program Coordinator Frank Njogu said launch of the server and distribution of the equipment was a progress towards strengthening e-surveillance system and livestock diseases control.
County Director for Veterinary Services Dr. Benson Longor acknowledged the role played by agro-vets facilities in supporting disease treatment and livestock production in Turkana.
Staff drawn from the department Pastoral Economy were present during the brief event at Mifugo Complex.